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An easyJet passenger was thrown off of a flight to Iceland after he refused to wear a face mask.
John Evans, 29, had been warned by cabin crew to wear a face mask numerous times before police were called.
Manchester Magistrates Court heard Evans told police “I will knock the lot of you out” as officers attempted to remove him from the plane.
He also began swearing and spitting at police and was reportedly so drunk his eyes were glazed over and he was unsteady on his feet, the court was told.
Evans pleaded guilty to entering an aircraft when drunk and was handed a £230 fine and ordered to pay £119 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge, Manchester Evening News reports.
Parveen Ahktar, prosecuting, said the incident took place on September 24, 2020, at 6.20am.
Ms Ahktar said: “Three of the men managed to calm down but Mr Evans was drunk and abusive to cabin crew and refusing to wear a mask.
“He had been warned by the cabin crew but they decided they needed the police to attend due to his behaviour.
“Police noticed there were twenty passengers on board, staff pointed out to the defendant and asked him to leave three times but he refused.
“It was clear he was drunk, his eyes were glazed, his speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet.”
Nikki Cochran, defending, said Evans is a man of “previous good character” and agreed he should not have behaved in that way.
She said Evans had boarded the flight with his then partner and the pair have now split up.
Ms Cochran told the court: “He accepts he was drunk, he doesn’t seek to hide behind the facts put forward.
“He accepts his behaviour was entirely unacceptable on that day.
“He tells me he did put a mask on but he said he was pulling it away from his face to breathe as he had been unaccustomed to wearing one.”
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Sentencing Evans, JP Anthony Sivner said: “It’s unacceptable behaviour that took place.
"Being drunk at any time is bad enough, but pales in comparison to the fact this was on an aircraft and it was 6.20 in the morning – it’s unacceptable.
"We hear about these things far too regularly these days.
“It is some mitigation that the flight had not taken off but it did cause a lot of disruption for both the staff and passengers, which I am sure they didn’t want to see.”
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